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John Bayley, 89 (1925 - 2015)
The Associated PressLONDON (AP) — Author John Bayley, known for his moving memoir of life with his late wife Iris Murdoch, has died of a heart ailment. He was 89.His editor Robert Weil said Wednesday that Bayley died Jan. 12 at his home on the Canary Islands.Weil called Bayley "one of the most special human beings I have worked with."Bayley's "Elegy for Iris" chronicled his wife's descent into...
Robert Stone, 77 (1937 - 2015)
By HILLEL ITALIE, The Associated PressNEW YORK (AP) — Robert Stone, the award-winning novelist who spun out tales worldwide of seekers, frauds and other misbegotten American dreamers in such works as "A Flag for Sunrise" and "Dog Soldiers," died Saturday at age 77.Stone died at his home in Key West, Florida, his literary agent, Neil Olson, told The Associated Press. The cause was chronic...
Tadeusz Konwicki, 88 (1926 - 2015)
The Associated PressWARSAW, Poland (AP) — Tadeusz Konwicki, a prominent Polish writer and filmmaker whose works during the communist era lampooned the authoritarian Soviet-imposed system, has died. He was 88.Konwicki is best known for his novels "A Minor Apocalypse," a satire of life in a totalitarian state, and "The Polish Complex," a polemic on a national historical condition tragically...
Miller Williams, 84 (1930 - 2015)
By ANDREW DeMILLO, The Associated PressLITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas poet Miller Williams, a prolific writer and teacher who read a poem at President Bill Clinton's 1997 inauguration, has died. He was 84.Williams, the father of singer-songwriter Lucinda Williams, died Thursday night at a hospital in Fayetteville of complications from Alzheimer's disease, family friend Linda Sheets said...
Stanislaw Baranczak, 68 (1946 - 2014)
By MONIKA SCISLOWSKA, The Associated PressWARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland's outstanding poet, translator and dissident and a former Harvard lecturer Stanislaw Baranczak has died at his U.S. home, Poland's leading daily Gazeta Wyborcza said. He was 68.Since the 1990s, Baranczak suffered from Parkinson's disease, which made him quit his Harvard job in 1997 after 16 years there. He died in...
Norman Bridwell, 86 (1928 - 2014)
By LEANNE ITALIE, The Associated PressNorman Bridwell, a soft-spoken illustrator whose impromptu story about a girl and her puppy marked the unlikely birth of the supersized franchise Clifford the...
Ralph Giordano, 91 (1923 - 2014)
The Associated PressBERLIN (AP) — Ralph Giordano, a German writer and Holocaust survivor who spoke out against anti-Semitism and the far right, and later became a prominent critic of Germany's...
Claudia Emerson (2014)
By MICHAEL FELBERBAUM, The Associated PressRICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Claudia Emerson, a Pulitzer Prize-winning poet and professor at Virginia Commonwealth University, died early Thursday morning at age...
Vicente Lenero (2014)
The Associated PressMEXICO CITY (AP) — Renowned Mexican author, playwright and journalist Vicente Lenero has died. He was 81.Rafael Tovar y de Teresa is president of Mexico's National Council for...
Radwa Ashour, 68 (1946 - 2014)
By MERRIT KENNEDY, The Associated PressCAIRO (AP) — Acclaimed Egyptian novelist and educator Radwa Ashour, who used her often deeply personal writing style to champion human rights issues, has died...
Kent Haruf, 71 (1943 - 2014)
The Associated PressDENVER (AP) — Author Kent Haruf, who wrote "Plainsong" and several other novels set in small-town Colorado, died Sunday at age 71, his publisher said.Haruf's editor at Knopf...
Mark Strand (2014)
NEW YORK (AP) — Mark Strand, a Pulitzer Prize winner and former U.S. poet laureate widely praised for his concentrated, elegiac verse, has died. He was 80.Strand, whose works were translated into...
Saeed Akl, 102 (1912 - 2014)
Obit Text Preview The Associated Press BEIRUT (AP) — Saeed Akl, Lebanon's leading poet whose fame spread throughout the Arab world, has died, state media and officials said Friday. He was 102. ...
P.D. James, 94 (1920 - 2014)
By JILL LAWLESS, The Associated PressLONDON (AP) — P.D. James took the classic British detective story into tough modern terrain, complete with troubled relationships and brutal violence, and never...
Alice Lee (2014)
The Associated Press MONROEVILLE, Ala. (AP) — Alice Lee, the sister of the famous "To Kill a Mockingbird" author and an influential Alabama lawyer and church leader in her own right, died Monday...
Almiran Montgomery (1936 - 2014)
The Associated PressWARREN, Vt. (AP) — An author of the popular children's book series "Choose Your Own Adventure" has died in Vermont. Raymond Almiran Montgomery was 78.Montgomery's wife says he...
Galway Kinnell , 87 (1927 - 2014)
MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Galway Kinnell, the Pulitzer Prize-winning poet who opened up American verse in the 1960s and beyond through his forceful, spiritual takes on the outsiders and underside of...
Carolyn Kizer, 88 (1925 - 2014)
The Associated PressSONOMA, Calif. (AP) — Carolyn Kizer, a feminist Pulitzer Prize-winning poet who spoke her political mind even at age 7, has died in Sonoma from the effects of dementia, her...
Siegfried Lenz (2014 - 2014)
The Associated PressBERLIN (AP) — German author Siegfried Lenz, whose works frequently addressed the moral quandaries faced by ordinary people, has died at 88.Publisher Hoffmann und Campe said Lenz...
Deborah "Duchess of Devonshire" Cavendish, 94 (1920 - 2014)
DANICA KIRKA, The Associated Press LONDON (AP) — Deborah, the dowager duchess of Devonshire, the last of the witty, unconventional Mitford sisters, died Wednesday, her son said. She was 94. ...
J. California Cooper (2014)
DONNA GORDON BLANKINSHIP, The Associated PressSEATTLE (AP) — Prolific writer J. California Cooper, who was writing plays until Alice Walker suggested she switch to short stories and novels, because...
Graham Joyce, 59 (1954 - 2014)
The Associated PressLONDON (AP) — Graham Joyce, one of Britain's best known fantasy writers, has died from complications of lymphoma cancer, an ilness he had blogged about extensively. He was 59...
Valeri Petrov, 94 (1920 - 2014)
The Associated PressSOFIA, Bulgaria (AP) — Valeri Petrov, Bulgaria's most prominent contemporary poet, who translated the complete works of Shakespeare, has died at age 94.Petrov's family said he...
Simin Behbahani, 87 (1927 - 2014)
The Associated PressTEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Famed Iranian poet Simin Behbahani, who wrote of the joys of love, demanded equal rights for women and spoke out about the challenges facing those living in...
Dorothy Salisbury Davis, 98 (1916 - 2014)
The Associated PressNEW YORK (AP) — Dorothy Salisbury Davis, a prize-winning mystery writer whose books include the best-selling "A Gentle Murderer" and numerous other works praised for their...
Billie Letts (2014)
The Associated Press TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Best-selling author Billie Letts has died at an Oklahoma hospital. Letts' publicist, Arlene Johnson, says Letts died Saturday after a brief illness....
Bel Kaufman, 103 (1911 - 2014)
HILLEL ITALIE, The Associated PressNEW YORK (AP) — Bel Kaufman, the witty and spirited fiction writer, educator and storyteller whose million-selling "Up the Down Staircase" captured the insanity...
James MacGregor Burns, 95 (1918 - 2014)
PHILIP MARCELO, The Associated PressBOSTON (AP) — James MacGregor Burns, a Pulitzer Prize-winning historian and political scientist who analyzed the nature of presidential leadership and wrote...
Nadine Gordimer , 90 (1923 - 2014)
CHRISTOPHER TORCHIA, The Associated PressJOHANNESBURG (AP) — Nadine Gordimer was first a writer of fiction and a defender of creativity and expression. But as a white South African who hated...
Thomas Berger (2014)
By HILLEL ITALIE NEW YORK (AP) — Thomas Berger, the witty and eclectic novelist who reimagined the American West in the historical yarn "Little Big Man" and mastered genres ranging from...